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​Watching Tiger King Has Made Mike Tyson Reflect On Owning Exotic Animals As Pets

​Watching Tiger King Has Made Mike Tyson Reflect On Owning Exotic Animals As Pets

While most of us have been sat watching Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness with our jaws dangling on the floor, for one former boxer the experience has prompted a little more self-reflection.

Mike Tyson, who is well-known for his love of exotic pets, recently watched the documentary and came out of the seven episodes realising he was 'wrong' to own such animals in the past - having famously kept several tigers at his Las Vegas mansion back in the day.

Speaking during an Instagram Live video with Fat Joe, the topic of the new docu-series inevitably came up, prompting 53-year-old Tyson to reflect on his own experiences with big cats.

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"I was foolish," Tyson admitted.

"There's no way you can domesticate these cats 100 percent. No way that's going to happen. They'll kill you by accident, especially when you're playing rough with them, you're punching them back. They get hyped up, hit you back and you're dead.

"I'm just happy I educated myself. I was doing the wrong s***. I shouldn't have had them in my house, believing they were domesticated. I was wrong."

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Tyson recalled how the opportunity to own two cubs came about while he was serving a prison sentence, having been tempted by the idea of how 'cool' they would look.

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"I was talking to one of my friends who I bought cars from, and he was saying one of my friends owed him money," he continued.

"He said, 'If he doesn't pay, I'm going to take some of these cars and trade them in for animals,' and I said, 'What kind of animals?' He said, 'Horses and stuff.' And he said, 'They have some nice tigers and lions, too. If you got one of those, that would be cool in your Ferrari.'

"I said, 'That's true. Why don't you order me a couple and I'll be getting out in a couple months.'

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"So, when I got out, I came home and I had two cubs."

For anyone who hasn't seen the Tiger King doc yet, it's available to watch on Netflix now - and is pretty much all anyone is talking about. Admittedly, most of us don't have much else going on in our lives other than what's going on inside our TV screens, but still.

Having been dubbed the 'craziest' show ever by viewers, you're in for a good ride.

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Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is available to watch now on Netflix.

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Topics: tiger king, Mike Tyson, Entertainment, TV and Film, Celebrity, Animals

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]